Hungry Wilmington residents will now have a new option for lunch or dinner in town.
George Rozopoulas met with the Board of Selectmen and received approval of his common victualer license for Rizzo’s Roast Beef & Pizza, which will be located at 3R Church Street near the intersection of Church and Main Street.
“Wilmington needed a cool, hip, up to date place where people can come and grab a bite to eat,” Rozopoulas told Patch. “We always focus on good food, good service and good quality. And that’s what I want to bring to Wilmington, along with hopefully some employment as well.”
Rozopoulas runs Rizzo’s locations in Peabody and Salem as well. His wife previously lived in Wilmington and Rozopoulas said that every time he came through town he got the feeling that something was missing from the restaurant scene.
So on or around February 1, he will open a restaurant that will include a long list of menu items such as pizza, calzones, subs, sandwiches, pastas and more for eating in, take out or delivery.
There will be seating in the restaurant for 24-30 people, Rozopoulas said, and he expects the atmosphere to be one Wilmington residents will enjoy.
“The inside is going to be a place that people want to come to get a good meal, big portions, good pricing and maybe watch a game on TV while they’re sitting there eating,” he said. “It’ll be a good place to come with the family after a hockey game or some kind of school practice.”
Rizzo’s will likely be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Rozopoulas said that while he’s moving into an already existing building, the inside of his restaurant is still under construction.
“That’s the most exciting part is taking something from nothing and creating something great for the community,” said Rozopoulas.